Blu-Ray Review – Police Story 3: Supercop

Before becoming the action-comedy sidekick of choice in Hollywood, Jackie Chan was arguably the leading light in Hong Kong martial arts cinema. Following Bruce Lee’s tragic death, producers tried to cast him in the same ilk, but it never really stuck. Instead, the ace choreographer almost singlehandedly created ‘comedic kung-fu’. Melding his ingenious stunt work with perfect comedy timing. The Police Story films helped make his name and the third instalment, Supercop, is a blast.

When the Chinese police need a ‘supercop’, they draft in Chan Ka-Kui (Chan) for his martial arts skills. He’s assigned to a special undercover mission in Guangzhou, teaming up with an inspector (Michelle Yeoh) from Interpol who doesn’t like his laidback attitude. However, they need to work together to take down a drug kingpin (Kenneth Tsang). In order to do this, they need to infiltrate his gang by springing his henchman (Wah Yuen) out of prison.

Police Story 3: Supercop takes Jackie Chan back to familiar territory, but this time he’s upstaged by Michelle Yeoh. Indeed, where Stanley Tong’s film succeeds so well is in the quality of its two female stars, with Maggie Cheung keeping him honest as his unhappy girlfriend. As you’d expect, there are several great action sequences and the usual superb choreography. Police Story 3: Supercop is a heady mix of charm, humour and a great deal of fun.

Special features:

  • Limited Edition slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling [3000 copies]
  • Reversible sleeve artwork featuring new and original poster artwork
  • 1080p HD presentation on Blu-ray of the original Hong Kong theatrical cut [96 mins] from a brand new 4K restoration of the original film elements
  • Limited Edition set of facsimile lobby cards [3000 copies]
  • 1080p HD presentation of the alternate US version [91 mins]
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version – Original Cantonese mono audio, as well as an optional alternate Cantonese audio track featuring original, unaltered, sound effects
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version – Brand new Cantonese Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Audio
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version – Classic English dub track
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version – Brand new audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and F.J. DeSanto
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version – Brand new audio commentary with action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema
  • US Version – “American English” dub track, including Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh voicing their own characters
  • US Version – Original Cantonese audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Brand new interview with Stunt Coordinator and Action Film Historian John Kreng
  • New featurette on rarely seen Jackie Chan video games, Kung Fu Master & Fists of Fire by Arne Venema
  • New featurette on the filming locations of the Police Story trilogy
  • Archival interview with Jackie Chan (20 mins)
  • Archival interview with Michelle Yeoh (23 mins)
  • Three archival interviews with director Stanley Tong (Combined runtime approx 65 mins), including a half-hour interview from the 2005 Cannes Film Festival courtesy of the Frédéric Ambroisine Video Archive
  • Archival interview with Jackie Chan’s long-time bodyguard and co-star Ken Lo (21 mins)
  • Outtakes (50 mins) – a huge selection of NG (“No Good”) shots from the film
  • Trailers
  • A Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver, as well as archival materials, imagery, and ephemera [3000 copies]
  • ***All Extras Subject To Change***

Police Story 3: Supercop will be released on Blu-ray by Eureka Entertainment on 26 September.

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